Management & Administration

Brenda L. Hunt

President & CEO


(269) 962-2181

Brenda is a native of Michigan, raised in rural Montcalm County. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Western Michigan University. Brenda has over twenty five years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and joined the Battle Creek Community Foundation in 1993 as a program officer. She was promoted to vice president in 1995, to chief operating officer in 1997 and began as president & CEO in April of 1998.

Brenda is known throughout the state for her collaborative approach to addressing community and regional needs. She has provided leadership and guidance in fostering public-private partnerships and has been instrumental in bringing about the refocusing of area initiatives to be more collaborative and inclusive.

She works as an active participant and contributor to the community foundation field throughout the state and nationally where she has served as the Council of Michigan Foundation's Chairperson for the Board of Directors.  Her active engagement at the regional and state-wide levels, combined with her leadership at the local level, has placed her at the forefront of the community foundation field and has helped to foster growth and professionalism throughout the sector. She also serves on the board for Bronson Healthcare Group and the Albion Healthcare Alliance.

She was honored by Western Michigan University, School of Public Affairs and Administration with the Dr. George James Award in recognition of innovative solutions to problems confronting the people of Michigan, and was inducted into the Outstanding Alumni Academy of the School of Public Affairs and Administration. She is a Fellow of Salzburg Seminar 406 in Salzburg, Austria, The Role of NGO’s in the Health of Communities: Creative Partnerships. Brenda was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Award in 2001 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, West Michigan Chapter and is the recipient of the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce 2003 

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